Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) is one of my favorite film adaptations. Like Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing (2012), it takes the original play’s plot bones and verbal muscle, and gives it a…

An Update, and a Commitment

I’ve had a busy few months of college classes, starting in spring with The Study of Filmed Plays, followed immediately by two overlapping summer sessions for Cinema as Art and Communication 1 (before 1970) and…

A Day in the Life

Just in case you think an older student has an easier time focusing on schoolwork, here’s what today looked like. I had the whole day mapped out and on the whiteboard: an early morning walk,…

July academic update

Well, it’s been a while since I posted about my academic progress, so here goes! I’m half-way through my third class after a gentle virtual return to college. I eased in with DRAM-107, Study of…

Amazon Prime Day book buys

Amazon’s Prime Day sale event was the other day. I didn’t buy much, but I couldn’t resist a $5 off $15 promotion on printed books. Before, I’d agonized over my choices, but this time I…

“credible” at USD

Last Sunday, my wife and I enjoyed the USD/San Diego City College co-production of credible by Lily Padilla and Alanna Bledman, loosely based on Six Characters in Search of an Author. Walking around the picture-perfect…

“Sweat” at the Lyceum Theatre

Sweat by Lynn Nottage is something of a very-recent-history play about what the author calls “the de-industrial revolution,” a time at the turn of the 21st century when American factories closed down and blue-collar workers…

“Heathers” as a History Play

I took my teenage son to see Heathers at San Diego City College’s Saville Theatre. He knows the story – we’ve seen it before – and loves the music. It was a great show, exploring…

Things are getting real

After years of playing at being a student through online courses, I’m now an actual student, taking a 3-unit college course online at San Diego City College. In fact, today I went to the campus…

Academic Update

Last week I started a FutureLearn course on the Tudors. FutureLearn, by the way, is by far the best platform I’ve experienced for online learning, with a stable, easy-to-use user interface, well-organized course modules, fantastic…